Gio Gonzalez was originally scheduled to start this afternoon's 1:05 PM EDT Grapefruit League game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium.
As explained this morning, however, Washington Nationals' skipper Matt Williams shook things up to line the Nats' starters up for Opening Day, so Max Scherzer will actually go today with Gonzalez pitching tomorrow.
Here are the tweeted reports on the reshuffling from this morning's meeting with the Nationals' manager:
Chris Johnson (@masnCJ) March 25, 2015
Gio Gonzalez will start tomorrow. #Nats adjusting rotation order as Opening Day approaches. Still have 3 off-days before April 8.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) March 25, 2015
Michael Wacha starts for the Cardinals this afternoon.
Here's the lineup the Nationals are sending to Jupiter:
Williams also updated reporters on Anthony Rendon, the Nats' second baseman, who is working his way back from a strain of the MCL in his left knee, suffered on a diving defensive play at third base back on March 9th.
The Nationals' 24-year-old infielder had another MRI on the knee, which is "structurally sound" but with the knee still sore, Opening Day is "in jeopardy" for the 2011 1st Round pick:
Anthony Rendon had 2nd MRI, per Williams. Knee still structurally sound & showed improvement. But it's still sore. Opening day in jeopardy.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) March 25, 2015
Rendon doesn't know if he'll be ready for April 6. When doing rotational exercises, Rendon felt it. "Wasn't staggering pain." So he stopped.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) March 25, 2015
So... should we read anything into Danny Espinosa being at third base this afternoon vs the Cardinals? Oh, Williams actually fielded a question about that...:
Williams says if Rendon isn't ready for the opener, "Stewart has played there, Danny has been playing over there, Cutter Dykstra"..— Craig Heist (@cheistsports) March 25, 2015
Williams....Franny (Kevin Frandsen) has played there— Craig Heist (@cheistsports) March 25, 2015
WATCH/LISTEN: The Nationals and Cardinals' Grapefruit League matchup is available via MLB.tv and Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler are calling the game on the radio on 1580 AM WJFK (and MLB.com's Gameday Audio).